How to get to Ulm
Getting to Ulm by train
A note on the German train system
The German train company is called Deutsche Bahn. When searching for the train station / ticket counter look for their logo (DB in red letters). Information on train connections, tickets and special offers is available on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.
There are 3 different types of long-distance trains:
- IR/IRE = Interregio/Interregio express: the cheapest way to travel
- EC = Eurocity or IC = Intercity: a little bit more expensive, but faster and more comfortable
- ICE = Intercity Express: the fastes but also the most expensive option
Ticket prices vary depending on the type of train. When planning your trip you should ask your travel agent for offers of Rail&Fly, i.e. airlines that cooperate with Deutsche Bahn (DB) and offer combined plane and train tickets.
From Frankfurt Airport long-distance station (only in German!)/ Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof) (2.5 hours ride)
Please follow the DB signposts to the railway station. The price for a 2nd class ticket one-way to Ulm, depending on the type of train, is approx. €60 - 70. As direct trains are not available on all days and at all times, you might hace to change trains once or twice (Mannheim in most cases, sometimes Stuttgart). Travelling time is about 2 - 2.5 hours and there are 1 - 2 fast trains every hour.
From Muenchen airport (2 hours ride)
Please follow the DB/S signposts to the railway station. The price for a 2nd class ticket one-way to Ulm, depending on the type of train, is approx. €30 - 40. Take the local fast train (S-Bahn) S1 or S8 to Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof). From Munich Central Station there are usually 2 - 3 fast trains to Ulm every hour.
From Stuttgart airport (1.5-hours ride)
Please follow the DB/S signposts to the railway station. The price for a 2nd class ticket one-way to Ulm, depending on the type of train, is approx. €25 - 30. Take the local fast train (S-Bahn) S2 or S3 to Stuttgart Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). There are usually 3 - 4 direct trains to Ulm every hour.
From Ulm Central Station to the campus you can either take a taxi (about €8) or the public bus (runs approx. every 10 minutes, depending on day of the week and time of day).
Getting to university by public bus
The university is served by several circular bus lines. Numbers 3 and 5 leave in front of the train station every ten minutes. It is recommended to take the more direct line no. 3 direction Wissenschaftsstadt (Science City). During the day, the busses leave every 10 minutes (even more often during lecture times) and take about 20 minutes to reach campus.
There are several bus stops on campus:
Bus stop: Universität Süd
Southern entrance to the main building with Mensa (canteen), departments of Computer Science, Dentistry, Natural Sciences, Hospital of Internal Medicine
Bus stop: Botanischer Garten
About 5-minute walk to Helmholtzstraße (University Board, Department of Mathematics and Economics, Institute of Diabetes Technology, Institute of Laser Technologies in Medicine, Institute of Dynamic Material Testing, Institute of Solar Energy and Hydrogen Technology, Institute of Optical Fibres and Sensors, Science Park I)
Bus stop: Staudinger Straße
Student services in Albert-Einstein-Allee 5 (central students advisory services, Admissions Office, International Office); Medical Faculty (Dean's Office)
Bus stop: Kliniken Oberer Eselsberg
Surgical ward, Hospital of Internal Medicine, military hospital (Bundeswehrkrankenhaus), Rehabilitation Hospital
Bus stop: Universität West - School of Engineering, Science Park II
Bus stop: Wilhelm-Runge-Straße - Daimler Chrysler Research Center
Getting to university by car
From the Autobahn A-8 Stuttgart - München take the exit Ulm-West with direction to Ulm, from there take the second exit Universität / Wissenschaftsstadt (Science City). Follow the left lane; at the traffic light turn left onto the campus - you are immediately on Albert-Einstein-Allee.